Pancetta, Golden Beet & Gorgonzola Pasta

Pancetta, Golden Beet & Gorgonzola Pasta

Because I live in a place without real seasons, everything is a little bit backward here. Our growing months are actually November through April, so unlike the rest of the country, I haven’t gotten a CSA box in a long time. When I was getting my weekly box of produce, I would often have an overwhelming number of loose beets.

Now don’t get me wrong, I actually love beets. In cooler months, I like to roast them with other root vegetables. They turn slightly sweet and work really well with parsnips, rutabaga and potatoes. In warmer months, I like them sliced paper-thin and tossed with salad greens, toasted nuts and blue cheese. But no matter how many different dishes you make, there always seem to be more beets in your box than you can use in a week.

This pasta is a really good way to get rid of those extras. The beets are simmered in beef stock until they’re tender and slightly sweet. The gorgonzola adds richness and flavor, while the pancetta lends just the right amount of salty pork flavor. Chopped pistachios are sprinkled on top for a little texture and crunch. It’s a simple dish that’s full of flavor and a great way to put those extra beets to good use.

Pancetta, Golden Beet & Gorgonzola Pasta

Even if you’re not that into beets, I promise you’ll love this dish. If you’re family’s not that into beets, just don’t tell them what’s in it until after they’ve taken a bite or two and started to make “mmmm” sounds. They’ll be asking for more beets in no time.

5 Comments

  1. I love beets, although I am having trouble finding the golden beets. They are just so beautiful I am dying to try cooking with them!

  2. I just finished eating this dish, and WOW it was terrific!! It was very easy and fast, too. I had never had golden beets; thanks for introducing me to them. I’ll definitely make this again.

    I cooked the beet greens according to a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. Trim and wash the greens, blanch for two minutes, drain and dry, saute with shallots in olive oil and butter with shallots.

  3. Kelly – Thanks! Glad you liked it :) Your recipe for beet greens sounds awesome!

  4. Pingback: Roasted Root Vegetables w/ Feta & Pumpkin Seeds | BITCHIN' CAMERO

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